AZTEC CAMERA "ORIGINAL ALBUM SERIES" contains Five original albums in a card box.
The CDs themselves are housed in miniture replica album sleeves with the original art.
Now some people hate them but I love them they are easier to store and at this price they are a steal. (AT the time of writing there was no track listing on Amazon- they have finally got around to it which makes the following a bit redundant)
I thought a track listing would be handy to compare them to ones you may have to see if there are any extra tracks or remastered versions. From experience I have often found that many of the other sets from different artists are in actual fact the remastered versions with additional tracks or at the very least a mixture of the two.
Still an amazingly cheap set with the neat cardboard sleeves- heck someone has got to love them like I do??
If you spot any mistakes just add a comment and I will rectify it Toot Sweet (and yes I know it's not spelled that way!!)
Includes the albums High Land, Hard Rain (1983), Knife (1984), Stray (1990), Dreamland (1993) and Frestonia (1995). Rhino Records release.
DISC 1 01 Oblivious 02 The Boy Wonders 03 Walk out to Winter 04 The Bugle Sounds Again 05 We Could Send Letters 06 Pillar to Post 07 Release 08 Lost Outside the Tunnel 09 Back on Board 10 Down the Dip 11 Haywire 12 Orchid Girl 13 Queen's Tattoos
DISC 2 01 Still on Fire 02 Just Like the USA 03 Head is Happy (Heart's Insane) 04 Back Door to Heaven 05 All I Need is Everything 06 Backwards & Forwards 07 The Birth of the True 08 Knife
DISC 3 01 Stray 02 The Crying Scene 03 Get Outta London 04 Over My Head 05 Good Morning Brtain 06 How It is 07 The Gentle Kid 08 Notting Hill Blues 09 Song for a Friend
DISC 4 01 Birds 02 Safe in Sorrow 03 Balck Lucia 04 Let Your Love Decide 05 Spanish Horses 06 Dream Sweet Dreams 07 Pianos & Clocks 08 Sister Anne 09 Vertigo 10 Valium Summer 11 Belle of the Ball
DISC 5 01 Rainy Season 02 Sun 03 Crazy 04 On the Avenue 05 Imperfectly 06 Debutante 07 Beautiful Girl 08 Phenomental World 09 Method of Love 10 Sunset
Roddy Frame is a genious. This is a collection worth every penny. The cardboard covers don't bother me. I prefer them to the dreadful jewel (why the hell "jewel", it's bloody plastic) box. If you have bought it, go and buy all his solo stuff. He is one of the most underrated songwriters. It's a pitty, he doesn't get the recognition he deserves. His last album 7 Dial is probably his best work.
I have followed Aztec Camera from the early days. Roddy Frame, from what I can make out essentially 'the band', is an interesting singer/songwriter able to subtly move across musical genres (an out-and-out pop song one moment, a jazz tinged ballad the next) with real skill. His lyrics are well crafted (listen to 'Let Your Love Decide' from Dreamland) and intelligent. There isn't an album in this collection (a real bargain by the way - 5 great CDs for £15!) that doesn't contain a clutch of fantastically melodic songs that would stand comparison with many more well known bands of the 80s and 90s such Prefab Sprout or the Bluetones. When listening to all 5 I'm also struck by the consistency of this band's output - you'd expect to find a duff one amongst nearly a decade and half's output but that's not the case here. Start at High Land High Rain (1983) and go through to Frestonia (1995), and all you'll hear is just song after song of beautiful music. I wonder what Mr Frame is doing now?
Already have all Aztec Cameras back catalogue,but wanted these again! Neat set,all signable when I next see the brilliant Roddy Frame. Roddys solo work,particularly Surf & new release Seven Dials are never out of my CD player
Roddy Frame is , in my humble opinion , a true musical genius who can write beautiful music and lyrics whenever he feels like it . Aztec Camera (his band) were one of the very best and every album has many (if different ) charms . All the cd's in this box set are superb but i take a star away because they are here in their basic form , still amazing but long overdue some remastering and a reissue programme with new sleevenotes and bonus tracks etc. If you're a newcomer or just want to replace old classics fair enough but if you want newer takes on these albums you're out of luck . PS A previous reviewer wonders what Roddy Frame is doing now , well the answer is that he's still making superb music but under his own name ! Be sure to check out his 3 solo albums but especially the second one "SURF" which is a true masterpiece and possibly the best he's ever made.